Kenya Airways, KLM add new routes to African joint venture

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Kenya Airways and KLM will add routes to the UK, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Tanzania to their European-African joint venture from next January.

Under the expansion the partners will from next year add London-Nairobi route and services from Amsterdam to Entebbe and Kigali, Lusaka and Harare and Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro to their agreement, pending regulatory approval.

This will bring the total number of frequencies operated jointly by Kenya Airways and KLM to approximately 44 weekly flights with combined revenues exceeding $500 million, they say.

The airlines add that the enhanced cooperation is geared towards “optimising the long-standing relationship, with the ultimate objective of doubling the amount of frequencies between Europe and the East African continent”.

KLM, which is a shareholder in Kenya Airways, began its joint venture with the Nairobi-based carrier joint in 1997 when they initiated a joint venture on the Amsterdam–Nairobi route before extending it in 2008 to flights between Nairobi and the Paris Charles de Gaulle hub of KLM merger partner Air France.